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“South of India On A Plate !!!”

Taj Savoy Hotel, Ooty
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

We hv chosen to stay at a property which is 187years old.in 1829 this property was used to be missionary school.1841 it got converted into a hotel.In 1986 tajhotels @tajsavoy #ooty took it over.In all 41 rooms.Some hv just gone under complete renovation.
Ambience:The newly furnished & renovated restaurant The Dining Room, is done in dark walnut colur.The wood is nilgiri.The artisocratic seating with the complete look gives it,its look from the by-gone era.The renovations,refurbishments hv been done keeping the overall look of the said property in mind.
Chef:Chef arun the exective chef under his mantle has a wonderful esteemed team of chefs.Chef nathan does the breakfast service with wonderful delicaies to choose from the laid-out menu which is placed in the buffet.Chef arun has been in this industry since 16years.He is mainly a north indian and conti chef.He also specializes in jain food.
Staff:The officating general manager saneej who has come in here as a breath of fresh air and his luck factor has rubbed in tht the part renovations hv started in full flow he runs the place as a well oiled machine.Under the helm of f&b manager mr.omprakash,he has a wonderful team of staff at service.Richie our server is a bundle of energy & quite a foodie himself.Do ask him for reco’s.
During our stay we savoured in breakfast & dinners.This review comprises of the same.
Kerala Thali;This thali can be savoured on request as it isnt part of the menu.
Food:Tomato Rasam:This is made with a thin broth of vegetable stock with finely chopped tomatoes.The pepper hits u at the back of the throat & cumin clears ur nasils & coriander gives the depth.Bearing the hot & fiery it also has the tangy flavour due to tomato.
Sambharan:A refreshing yogurt drink which is mildly tangy just how i like it flavoured with shallots,ginger & tempering of curry leaves.A must to drink,drink!
Pachakari Mango Curry:This is our fav.This is made with raw mango flavoured with 1st extract of coconut milk.
Thakkali Murugukka Curry:Its hard to explain as i was blushing with happiness.This has a variety of spices and drumstick being the primary vegetable & hint of drumstick leaves go a long way.The flavours tht weave into it & other are grated coconut,cumin,fennel & dry redchilli!Party!
BeetrootPachadi:This again my fav.This has beaten curd & beet with shallots & ginger.Always an integral part of sadya.This dish falls between a salad & relish.
VazhapouThoran:This is a very seasonal dish at ooty but very common at kerala.This is super-food for women.Wht is it?These r banana flowers.This has shallots,greenchilli,garlic & tempering.Delicate need very little spices taste wonderful.
Avial:A mixed country vegetable seasonal ofcourse.It has thick extract of coconut milk,curd,cumin,ginger,shallots.
VegStew:This bcmes also a global dish relished by all.Coconut milk 1st extract & whole lot of whole spices!Comforting!
Paneer Pollichadhu:This is our veg delight to savour the goodness which is otherwise used only in kareeman fish.This is marinated prior in chillipowder,manjalpodi,redchillipowder,wholespice powder.The tomatoes,shallots & kokam r used too wrap the cottage cheese in the above and steamed!I cud eat this weekly.
PineapplePayasam:This is fruit flavour.This has fruit base,coconut milk,jaggery,cardomon.
Kerala paratha:This is layered & flaky flat bread similiar to laccha paratha in n.india but this being refined flour
Appam:Made from fermented rice flour.Light,airy!Go easy!U cud eat 5easily
RedRice:Knwn as matta rice.Its parboiled red rice.Chunky!
Asian:This was one of those dinners which stays etched in ur memory.They set up a romantic table for 2,in the outer deck lawn with sizzling bon-fire to ward of the cold weather.
SpinachGarlicFriedRice:Golden dragon being the 1st asian restaurant in mumbai under the helm of mr.hemant oberoi,the asian eaten at any taj properties the flavours the textures stand out:This had a hint of spinach with garlic just being a hint and not overpowering the rice.
Stirfry aubergine in garlic sauce.50% love aubergine,50% dont,so this is a shout-out for the non-lovers.So this has light/dark soy sauce,hint of sugar & hot garlic sauce the minced ginger adds the oomph.
Hakka Noodles In Hot Garlic Sauce:This is basics.As we love maggi we love hakka.Its a typical prep with boiled noodles with ginger,garlic,vegetables in soya sauce,chilli sauce & asian spices.
Conti:Pesto Grilled Cottage Cheese Steak Spinach:Meat neednt be ur source of protein.This has cottage cheese slab,boiled and cooked spinach shredded with dash of pepper.Pesto sauce adds the needed flavour & sundried tomatoes add depth.
Parmeasean Zuchini Boats:These r packed with flavour.Low-carb italian inspired dish topped with cheese coated with bread crumbs.U get the same level of contentment & satisfaction without involving pasta.This has onion,garlic,redpepper just bit of part skim mozarella and sharpness of parmeasean
Breakfasts:Uttapam with podi masala:This is a pancake in indian sub-continent.The batter has mix vegetables like carrot,capsicum,onion and the character comes in with podi masala.
Pesaratu:This is made with split green lentil.Pre-soaked.This dish hails from andhra pradesh.This has greenchilli,coriander,ginger in flavours.Light and healthy.
Oats Upma:One of the healthiest dishes to start the day.This has carrot,greenpeas,beans,ginger.The fragant tempering of udad dal,chana dal add the reqd flavours.
Ragi dosa:Crisp,healthy.Made with ragi flour,rice flour,added spices & this had cut greenchillies & fresh coriander neatly cut and put.Stellar!
Price Factor:700+taxes for breakfast.1400+dinner.
Should u visit?Do u like heritage?Do u like place with history?Do u like pleasent weather which is throughout the year!If u hv ticked yes on all the boxes,plan a trip now.
Happy Eating!

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 9 October 2018

Relaxing. Good staff. Tasty food. A good place to get away from the crowd. Renovations were going on. If they hadn't been, possibly we could have enjoyed much more. For anyone considering going there, it wouldn't hurt to call ahead to ask the hotel if renovations are complete.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Thomas E
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Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

Stayed there for 3 nights.Although built in the earlier times when British were still in India, the hotel rooms are spacious and the one we had came with a nice balcony and even a fireplace .The reception was so good. We were given tea and cake served in our balcony on our arrival.The food was excellent and the staff couldn't be nicer.There was a musician on the keyboard every night and he played lovely music.Totally loved our experience.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank pirtpalkaur
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Reviewed 2 September 2018

Taj never fails when it comes to authentic food and heritage maintenance. In taj savoy one not only gets to taste the Nilgiri cuisine but also the hospitality of the staff who are not only professional but also well versed with the local knowledge of the area and help you prepare for your food taste buds before it is even served at your table. We went there for lunch and though the restaurant is under maintenance it was worth every minute spend here with the drizzle in the backdrop of the lawns.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Thank khumesh
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

Stopped over for lunch on our way to the airport. Amazing food. Awesome service. Very propmptly offered to make baby food for our 14 month old even though it wasn't on the menu!

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank ankittravels
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